Volunteer opportunities

A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring Inc. — Recruiting and training adult volunteers to be mentor-tutors to elementary school students in North Laurel schools: Laurel Woods, Guilford and Forest Ridge. Meet with students during school day or in after-school programs, individually or in small groups. Seeking volunteers who enjoy interacting with children, have a strong interest in the success of each student, and are willing to commit to meet for one hour a week for one school year. Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030, aokmentor@gmail.com.

Side by Side — Faith-based nonprofit is recruiting volunteers to work with students in Laurel's elementary schools as tutors, homework coaches or Family Academy children's activity assistants. Training and ongoing professional support provided for tutors or homework coaches. High school students can earn service credits. http://www.sidebysidelaurel.org or Linda, 301-931-1399.

Laurel Museum — Looking for volunteers interested in working in the museum gift shop, 817 Main St., one Sunday per month between 1-4 p.m. Training provided. director@laurelhistoricalsociety.org or 301-725-7975 to apply and sign up for training.

Patuxent Research and National Wildlife Visitors Center — Opportunities for volunteers each month to help with wildlife surveys and a variety of tasks. Some require a signed volunteer agreement be on file in the Volunteer Coordinator's Office. Some volunteer positions available for 12- to 15-year-olds, if accompanied by adult. Nell Baldacchino at 301-497-5565, or nell_baldacchino@fws.gov to request an application. patuxent.fws.gov.

Montpelier Mansion — 18th-century house museum needs volunteers to give tours; work with children; and help with office work, gardening and festivals. 301-953-1376.

Laurel Regional Hospital — Volunteers needed to assist at hospital's main information desk and gift shop, primarily evenings and weekends. Must be dependable, responsible and friendly adults, able to commit to a scheduled three-hour shift for information desk. Gift shop shifts vary. Training provided for all volunteers. Information, director of volunteer services, 240-456-4764, or apply online, http://www.dimensionshealth.org.

Hospice of the Chesapeake — Volunteers to provide support and companionship to patients, families and caregivers. May include two- to three-hour weekly visits to help with letter-writing, reading, transportation to medical appointments and other needs and errands. Volunteer training at the Prince George's office, 8724 Jericho City Drive, Landover. Julie Medlin, 301-499-4500, jmedlin@hospicechesapeake.org.

Operation Welcome Home (MD) — Nonprofit organization provides hero's welcome every week at BWI Airport to military personnel returning home from the War on Terror. Volunteers needed to attend welcome home events to greet by cheering, clapping, shaking hands to say thanks. Community organizations, schools, Scouts, church groups welcome to host an event, and/or contribute water and snacks for the troops. Volunteer team leaders, two for each event, also needed to arrive an hour early to stage supplies and make an announcement when the event begins. Training for team leaders required along with a commitment to two events per month. For more information, call 410-757-0982, e-mail webmaster@owhmd.org, or go to http://www.operationwelcomehome.org.

STARS, Speakers, Tutors, Achievement, Retention, Success — Organized mentoring and tutoring program serving Job Corps students on Route 198 in Laurel, needs volunteer adult mentors and/or tutors. Tutors help students in basic math and literacy skills to prepare them for taking the GED or earning their online high school diplomas. One-on-one tutoring Monday and Thursday afternoons, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Volunteer for one or both days. Each mentor is matched with one student and meets once a week with his or her mentee. Training and support are provided. Contact Gloria Coliton, STARS coordinator, 301-362-6045, coliton.gloria@jobcorps.org.

American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery — Seeking volunteer drivers (and their vehicles) to help provide transportation assistance for Howard County cancer patients to and from treatment facilities. Some patients have no car or may be too ill to drive. "Road" volunteers provide an essential and necessary service. Shelby, 410-781-4316.

Success in Style — Male and female volunteers needed during open hours on Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, Patuxent Square, 9900 Washington Blvd. Provides free business attire and coaching to disadvantaged women and men seeking employment. Volunteers also needed for Success in Style's retail shop, Charity's Closet, opening Aug. 6 at Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. Shop hours Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jeanette Kendall, 410-750-6475, successinstyle@verizon.net.

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